Event number 226. 20th January2018

This week 470 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

It was a milestone weekend for Catton parkrun with the 50,000th person crossing the finish line. That person was Thomas Nudd on his 43rd run. It means Catton runners have now run a total of 250,000km.

Other people marking milestones this weekend were Daniel Palmer and Elizabeth Halford who completed their 100th parkruns. Gavin King and Emma Mulley who completed their 50ths. Well done to all of you.

Lucy Ring - whose father, Mark, was a founding member of Catton parkrun - raised an impressive £265 towards her London Marathon fundraising drive with her sweepstake.

And Simon Lawler celebrated his birthday in the best possible way - with a couple of laps around Catton park.

Finally, a big thank you to the Norwich Roadrunners who provided pacers for this weeks event - hopefully they helped a few of you achieve new PBs.

Each week we celebrate the achievements of a few of our runners. This week, Denise Eccles, Tanya Kirton and Sarah Munday all recorded PBs. They are all relative newcomers to parkrun so well done to them.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Philippa RUDD • Mark BETTS • Richard HIGH • Dan GOODWIN • Martin YEOMANS • Danielle RACKHAM • Grace JERMY • Diane COLLINS • Lucy SPINKS • Neil WALPOLE • Keith WALPOLE • Jennie LEON • Sharon LAKEY • James PALLANT • Jeremy STORR • Brett CORNISH • Luke CORNISH • Charlotte BULL • Nathan VOLLER • Paul COULTHREAD • Lewis SPURGIN • Paul SMITH • Ben KENDALL • Dave 'the Bigd' PARKER • David ALLEN • Clare MARCER • Glyn MANTON • Joe MANTON • Rachel WILLIAMSON • Macy GUYTON • Joe WOODLEY • Shay WALPOLE • Meagan GIBBS • Miranda ROWLANDS • Melissa BAKER • Maria BELDERBOS • Georgia BAKER • Willow PALLANT • Eileen DEARNLEY • Simon BARNES • Molly MCCARTHY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Catton parkrun Results Page.

That’s all for now. See you soon.



Event 225, 13th January 2018

This week 404 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests.

It was also the week that Miranda Rowlands - who normally remains behind the scenes running our social media - made her debut as run director. She has asked me to pass on her thanks for everybody who supported her.

Congratulations Steve Heybourne who completed his 100th parkrun. There are also congratulations due to  Sue King, Stephen Cole, Jodie Minns, Lucy Spinks, Fred Eccles and Kevin Chapman who all completed their 50th parkruns.

Each week we celebrate the achievements of a range of our runners. Well done to Tom Stevenson, Mike Surtees and Carolyn Barber who all achieved PBs this week.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers, if you’re interested in joining them one week, please let us know. This week’s team were:

Alan HUME • Dan GOODWIN • Rachel Alice Louise MILLER • Gavin THOULESS • Colin THOULESS • Grace JERMY • James ROBERTS • Carl WHITE • James PALLANT • Brett CORNISH • Luke CORNISH • Jane TRUDGILL • Alison MASTERSON • Ben KENDALL • Laura LATIMER • Elizabeth HALFORD • Daniel MASTERSON • Joe MANTON • Rachel WILLIAMSON • Macy GUYTON • Miranda ROWLANDS • Stephanie WENN • Aston MARTIN • Georgia BAKER • Nicola HINSLEY • Abigail HILL • Katie FENN • Simon ALCOCK • Elizabeth MASTERSON • Molly MCCARTHY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Catton parkrun Results Page.

Catton parkrun started on 5th October 2013. Since then 5,904 participants have completed 49,819 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,095 km, including 9,280 new Personal Bests.

That’s all for now. Thanks.


Volunteer Roles and could you be an RD?

Here at Catton parkrun, we're pretty lucky in that we very rarely struggle to fill our rota. It's great that so many of you understand that by volunteering once every couple of months, it really helps everyone to get an opportunity to take part and run on a regular basis - even I managed to get a few in last year!

If you haven't volunteered before or if you have always stuck to the same role, you may be interested in learning what each role entails, we even have some such as pre-event set up, post-event close down that you can do and still run! Check out the link below for a description of the volunteer roles and what they mean (note, this is a comprehensive parkrun list, we do not use all of the roles at Catton):


We are particularly looking at increasing our pool of Run Directors. The RD is responsible for the event on the day. You would need to get to the park around 8.15am (having picked up the laptop from the previous RD), and be able to be there until the last runner has come in and everything is tidied up. The Run Director usually also processes the results. I have been told before that one of the barriers to taking on this role is having to take the pre-run briefing (where we stand on a table and shout through a megaphone). If this fills you with dread, you can always ask an experienced volunteer to do it for you on the day, there are several of us with large voices shall we say and a guide to what needs to be covered is provided. Would you be interested in stepping up to helps us all out? Full training would be given and we would not let you loose on your own until you were comfortable. It would mean the current RDs can take the odd weekend off and possibly I could even get to double figures in runs this year!

If you're interested in becoming a Run Director or in volunteering for any of the other roles, please email cattonoffice@parkrun.com or speak to whoever is RD on a Saturday (me this week).




Event number 224. 6th January 2018

This week we had a runner for every day of the year as 365 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests.

Congratulations Andrew Howe and Jason Kelf who both completed their 100th parkruns. Also well done to Paul Toseland and Harry Neal who completed their 50ths.

Each week we take a look at the achievements of some of our runners. Well done to David Price who recorded a new PB on his 17th run. Also notching up PBs were Nicolette Neile on her 34th and Kamel Hamis on his 11th run.

The event his brought to you by a dedicated band of volunteers - and we’re always looking for new people to lend a hand. One lady has told us her New Year resolution is to volunteer once a month - a fantastic idea. If everybody pledged to volunteers just a few times a year, it would make all the difference. There are jobs for everybody - even roles which still allow you to run - so why not get in touch?

The week’s top team were:

Mark STOREY • Dan GOODWIN • Gavin THOULESS • Colin THOULESS • Ian EDWARDS • Grace JERMY • Andy PALMER • Gary GRAND • Louise OAKHAM • Isobel WHITING • Sam WALL • Anthony WALL • Paul COULTHREAD • Ben KENDALL • Shauna GOOCH • Joe MANTON • Rachel WILLIAMSON • Macy GUYTON • Emma WAYMAN • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ROWLANDS • Georgia BAKER • Nicola HINSLEY • Annmarie NELIS • Abigail HILL • Molly MCCARTHY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Catton parkrun Results Page.

Catton parkrun started on 5th October 2013. Since then 5,861 participants have completed 49,415 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,075 km, including 9,215 new Personal Bests.

That’s all, see you soon.


Catton parkrun event number 223 1st January 2018

A total of 259 people ran, jogged and walked the first Catton parkrun of 2018. There were 51 first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests - not bad considering the course was like cross country in places.

Some of our runners also took the opportunity to complete two parkruns in one day by travelling to Blickling parkrun which started later in the morning. There were also many familiar faces at the Wymondham New Year's Day 10km - nice to see so many people making a great start to their running year.

A group of you began the New Year with a milestone. Well done to Adam Bezance, Mark Norman, Tracie Reynolds and Theresa Flint who all completed their 50th. Deborah English notched up her 100th - always a great achievement.

Each week we focus on the achievements of a few of our runners. Amie Nickerson, in the 25 to 29 age category, recorded a new PB on her 7th run.
While Sue Banfield, in the 45 to 49 category, also got a PB on her 94th run. Well done to both.

As always the event was made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. Why not make it your New Year's resolution to put in the odd volunteer shift over the year? It's a great way to get to know more people and really feel part of the event we all love. This week's team was:

Dan GOODWIN • Colin THOULESS • Ian EDWARDS • David STANSBURY • Simon ENGLISH • Shelley AMES • Terence DAWSON • Brett CORNISH • Kelly CORNISH • Kyra CORNISH • Luke CORNISH • Shane DAVENPORT • Melanie HOWARTH • Stephen HOWARTH • Paul COULTHREAD • Alex CHARD • Elizabeth HALFORD • Sue EAGLE • Bill EDMONDS • Miranda ROWLANDS • Michael DALE • Ben KENDALL

Catton parkrun started on 5th October 2013. Since then 5,812 participants have completed 49,050 parkruns covering a total distance of 245,250 km, including 9,190 new Personal Bests.

That's it until next week.

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